November 11, 2020 - 2:45pm
Pearl River Community College students Austin Nickey, Evan Robinson and Harrison Wilson are doing internships this semester, thanks to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
They are interning at Kohler Manufacturing Machining Company in Hattiesburg.
Nickey and Wilson are sophomore students in the Electronics Technology department. Robinson is a sophomore in the Machine Technology department.
Internship programs through PRCC provide work-based learning experiences that are as beneficial for students as their classroom time.
The PRCC WIOA Internship program is funded thanks to a grant by the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD). Interns are selected by instructors and paid through the grant.
Kohler opened an engine manufacturing plant in Hattiesburg in 1997. There are now two plants – one for machining iron and aluminum components and one for warehousing and engine assembly – both located in the Hattiesburg - Forrest County Industrial Park.
Nickey, 24, is a Phi Theta Kappa student and a member of the National Technical Honors Society. He is a graduate of Choctaw Central High School, plans to enter the workforce and possibly attend a four-year college later on.
Robinson, 23, attended Slidell (La.) High School and lives in Lumberton. His goal is to one day open his own shop.
Wilson, 19, a Petal High School graduate, serves as Vice President of Treasury for the National Technical Honors Society. He wants to gain some work experience before obtaining an engineering degree.
Deloris Butler, PRCC WIN Case Manager, believes these internships are a plus all the way around for PRCC students.
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